Paste Magazine has revealed its 15 Best Cover Songs of 2012. Some of the highlights include Nada Surf’s cover of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” Frank Ocean’s “Lovecrimes” by The Afghan Whigs, and “The Weight” by Wilco, Mavis Staples and Nick Lowe. Coming in at #4 is Alabama Shakes’ cover of Led Zeppelin’s “How Many More Times.” Listen to it below. Go here to listen to the entire session and interview the band did with World Cafe host David Dye when they were at WXPN in March, 2012.
Silver Linings Playbook, a new comedy/drama movie filmed in Philadelphia starring Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Chris Tucker and Jennifer Lawrence, opens in select theaters around the country, including Philadelphia, on November 16th. Cooper stars as Pat Solitano, who after losing his job, his house and his wife (plus a stint in a mental institution), moves back in with his parents, who are obsessed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Locals will recognize Ridley Park, Upper Darby, the Llanerch Diner and Archbishop Prendergast High School in the film. The film debuted at the Philadelphia Film Festival last month.
Alabama Shakes recorded a new song for the film called “Always Alright,” and you can watch a making-of video for the song below along with the trailer to the movie, featuring music from The Head and The Heart. The soundtrack features the new song from the Alabama Shakes, along with songs by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash (“Girl From The North Country”), Alt-J (“Buffalo”), “Hey Big Brother” by Rare Earth, “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder, and music by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and Les Paul and Mary Ford.
WXPN welcomes 2012 favorites Alabama Shakes back to Philadelphia for a show at The Electric Factory. The roots-rock band, led by Brittany Howard, wowed audiences with their debut record Boys & Girls earlier this year. Their old-school southern blues is kicked up a notch with Howard’s power vocals and stage presence, which makes this a show you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $25 here and doors are at 8:00 p.m with opening music by Fly Golden Eagle. Below, watch Howard and her band perform “Be Mine” at World Cafe Live in April (and check out their latest video, released a few days ago, here).
Southern rockers Alabama Shakes return to Philadelphia on Monday for a headlining show at the Electric Factory. Today, the band alums released a video for “I Ain’t The Same,” filmed at Ray Davies’ Konk Studios. Whech out the video below, and listen to the band’s World Cafe Live performance from April in its entirety here (via the XPN Media Player).
If you have yet to see Alabama Shakes live in concert, you’ll have your chance to see them when WXPN Welcomes the band back to Philly for a show on Monday, October 1st at the Electric Factory. Our suggestion: don’t miss them! Lead singer Brittany Howard is a powerhouse of soul and show-womanship. Below, check out a couple videos of the band performing at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado on August 10th as part of the FMQB (Friday Morning Quarterback) Radio Conference. Videos via The Top 22. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.
Soulful rock ‘n’ roll band Alabama Shakes from Athens, Alabama just announced they’ll be making a stop in Philly on Monday, October 1st at the Electric Factory. Fronted by powerhouse singer/guitarist Brittany Howard, the band’s songs have a retro rock ‘n’ soul feel that carries through their debut full-length album, Boys & Girls. Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday, July 14th at 12 p.m. here. In case you missed their performance and interview with WXPN’s David Dye at World Cafe, click here to listen. Listen to the band’s debut album, Boys & Girls, below.
Bands that get together in high school rarely stick together past graduation. But when Brittany Howard approached Zac Cockrell on a whim in high school and asked him to start a band with her—knowing nothing besides the fact that he played the bass and wore t-shirts from obscure bands—they somehow made it work. With the addition of drummer Steve Johnson and guitarist Heath Fogg, Alabama Shakes formed in 2009. The southern rock band had impressed fans and critics with their blues-rock sound and Howard’s deep, throaty voice. But despite the attention the members of Alabama Shakes have received in the past year, they still consider themselves a small town band from Athens, Alabama. Alabama Shakes performs with Lee Bains III And The Glory at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT. —Nicole Soll
Monday evening at 8 p.m., WXPN will be broadcasting Alabama Shakes live in concert from World Cafe Live. The sold-out concert will be broadcast and webcast on WXPN 88.5 FM and xpn.org. Alabama Shakes released their debut album, Boys & Girls, online earlier this month (the album will be officially released by via ATO/Rough Trade Records next week); you can watch the new video for the track “Hold On” below.